Official opening of the new Hunter Avenue playground

Hundreds of school children, along with a few big kids, attended the opening ceremony at Hunter Avenue Playground on Friday, April 29.

The Mayor of Ashford, Councilor Callum Knowles celebrated the ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside members of Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Councils. There were free ice creams for attendees, and even the weather played nice too.

Hunter Avenue Playground is located on Hunter Avenue, South Willesborough, Ashford, and has recently been redeveloped following an investment of £200,000.

It now includes a fenced area for young children to play, a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant roundabout and a high back swing. The park features a 25m long zipline, a larger junior multiplayer unit, a double-wide slide, a swing zone and mini soccer goals for an informal kick.

The new seats and picnic tables have been installed to provide a common area, accessible to all, with a brand new outdoor gym to improve free access to health and wellness activities for the community local.

Working with Wicksteed Playgrounds, accessibility and inclusive play were very important aspects, with play equipment for all abilities and age groups.

Having used the Resident Consultations from February 2020, we have received excellent feedback from local residents who have embraced the substantial improvements since the soft opening earlier this month.

Funding for the play areas came from a combination of government covid funding from Kent County Council (£134,000) and housing income funding (£46,000).

This recent overhaul is part of the Council’s commitment to providing local communities with high quality and accessible outdoor play and gymnastics facilities. Consultations have just taken place for an additional investment of £1.1million in three play areas in the borough – Central Park, Park Farm, Bybrook; Spearpoint Recreation Ground, Kennington and Rylands Park, Bybrook.

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